Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Updates: Griffin Prince's search at Lake Lanier enters day nine

BUFORD, GA (Wed, Jun 27) – Cadaver dogs have helped search teams at Lake Lanier zero in on a specific area Tuesday in the hunt for missing Griffin Prince, according to media reports.

Updates: Griffin Prince's search at Lake Lanier enters day nine
Dive teams will climb Lake Lanier's underwater trees in day nine of the search for 13-year-old Griffin Prince.

The mission is much more dangerous than it sounds, as divers risk getting scrambled in the "underwater forest" laced with discarded fishing lines, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

"It's an inherently dangerous task," he said. Divers are also at greater risk of decompression sickness, or the bends.

Buford teen was thrown overboard in the collision late Monday, June 18. His 9-year-old brother Jake Prince was killed in the crash. Authorities say that Paul J. Bennett, who operated a Johns Creek hair salon, drove his boat into a pontoon boat that was operated by the victims' father, Michael Prince Jr.

Crews have been searching about a quarter square mile on Lake Lanier with sonar equipment. They had to scale back the search last weekend because of heavy traffic on the lake. Monday morning, a specialized dive team from the FBI joined the effort.   

The FBI's 7-member dive team is scheduled to quit at weekend, making these next three days vital if Griffin is to be located.

Report Tags: Griffin Prince, Jake Prince, Missing Teen, Buford Teen, Lake Lnier, FBI, Divers in Lake Lanier,

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